Van Park, PhD, MPH

Title(s)Professor, Community Health Systems
SchoolSchool of Nursing
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    Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MarylandPhDHealth Policy & Management, concentration in Social and Behavioral Sciences
    University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CaliforniaMPHHealth Promotion
    University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CaliforniaBSHealth Promotion and Disease Prevention Studies
    University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CaliforniaBASociology
    Stanford University, Stanford, CaliforniaCertificate of Ethnogeriatrics
    University of California at San Francisco, San Francisco, CaliforniaPostdoctoral Fellowship in Drug Abuse Treatment and Services Research

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    Dr. Van Ta Park is a Professor at UCSF, School of Nursing, Department of Community Health Systems, and teaches in the Advanced Public Health Nursing (APHN) program. Her primary research interest is to address issues related to racial and ethnic minority health and healthcare disparities, especially among Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI), through community-based participatory research. Her research areas include mental health and Alzheimer's disease and related dementias (ADRD) caregiving.

    Her current work includes a NIH/NIA R24 grant called, “Collaborative Approach for AAPI Research and Education (CARE).” The ultimate goal of CARE is to address the gap and reduce disparities in research participation among AAPI through the creation of a registry of 10,000 AAPI who are interested in participating in research. CARE is available in six languages. For more information, visit

    Dr. Park also has a COVID-19 NIH/NIA administrative supplement, called, "COVID-19 Effects on the Mental and Physical Health of AAPI Survey Study (COMPASS)." The goal of COMPASS is a national survey to assess the effects of COVID-19 on AAPI. COMPASS aims to recruit 2,500 participants. COMPASS is available in six languages. For more information, visit

    Dr. Park is also a Multiple Principal Investigator for a R56 NIH/NIA grant called, "Asian Cohort on Alzheimer's Disease (ACAD)." ACAD is an international collaboration with the goal of compiling a robust sample size of Asian American and Canadian subjects for Alzheimer’s disease (AD) research. Making up 6% and 10% of the US and Canadian populations respectively, Asians are the fastest growing populations in both countries yet they are underrepresented in AD research. ACAD aims to address this gap by starting with a cohort of individuals of Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese ancestry, and later extending to other major Asian populations in both countries. For more information, visit

    She is also a Site Principal Investigator for Vietnamese Insights into Cognitive Aging Program (VIP) (PI is Oanh Meyer at UCD). VIP will develop an unprecedented longitudinal study of older Vietnamese Americans to begin addressing the dearth of cognitive aging research in this population. The overall goal is to obtain preliminary estimates of mild cognitive impairment and dementia in the community and identify ADRD risk and resilience factors in this understudied group.

    She is the PI for a PCORI community engagement- dissemination project called, “Koreans Invested in Making Caregivers Health Important (KIMCHI.).” The goal of KIMCHI is to help improve the knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors of Korean American caregivers and other stakeholders about ADRD prevention/care, advanced care planning, and potential future PCORI participation.

    She has previously collaborated with a community partner, International Children Assistance Network (ICAN), on a Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Engagement Award: Dissemination Initiative. The title of the award is, "Community Education for Vietnamese Americans on Dementia Caregiving and Advanced Care Planning."

    Some of her past work included the Alzheimer’s Association’s Mentored New Investigator Research Grant to Promote Diversity (MNIRGD). The purpose of this three year grant (2015-18) was to culturally tailor a program to reduce stress and depression among Vietnamese American dementia caregivers.

    Dr. Ta Park also received pilot grants (2017-20) from Stanford University, School of Medicine, Stanford Precision Health for Ethnic and Racial Equity (SPHERE). One study developed and evaluated a Korean drama precision mental health curriculum among English-speaking AAPI, Vietnamese-speaking persons and Korean-speaking persons. She also had several other studies investigating the role of Korean drama to de-stigmatize mental health and help-seeking. She recently completed data collection for her pilot award from SPHERE, "Texting to be Heard in Precision Health Research – Our Vietnamese American Voice." She also had two SPHERE dissemination grants: (1) Disseminating SPHERE Vietnamese Research Findings to the Vietnamese American Community; and, (2) Disseminating SPHERE Korean Research Findings to the Korean American Community. She collaborated with two community partners, ICAN and the Somang Society, respectively.

    Dr. Ta Park has previous work experience with non-profit organizations on health care policy and access for the uninsured and underinsured in Los Angeles County.

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    1. Care needs assessment of older adults with dementia in a semi-rural district in Vietnam: A community-based cross-sectional study. Psychogeriatrics. 2024 Mar; 24(2):249-258. Nguyen AN, Nguyen BT, Nguyen BT, Nguyen BTT, Nguyen NTA, Dang NTK, Nguyen ATP, Nguyen AT, Pham T, Mantyh WG, Tran D, Le OTP, Park VMT. PMID: 38155441.
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    2. The development of the Cognitive Assessment for Tagalog Speakers (CATS): A culturally and linguistically tailored test battery for Filipino Americans. Alzheimers Dement (N Y). 2023 Jul-Sep; 9(3):e12418. de Leon J, Bondoc I, Mamuyac E, Posecion L, Europa E, Kintanar LC, Roco N, Lamoca M, Escueta DP, Park VMT. PMID: 37662963; PMCID: PMC10474327.
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    3. Social Support and Technology Use and Their Association With Mental and Physical Health During the COVID-19 Pandemic Among Asian Americans: The COMPASS Cross-sectional Study. JMIR Public Health Surveill. 2023 Jan 23; 9:e35748. Park LG, Meyer OL, Dougan MM, Golden B, Ta K, Nam B, Tsoh JY, Tzuang M, Park VMT. PMID: 36395324; PMCID: PMC9872978.
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    4. Racial Bias Beliefs Related to COVID-19 Among Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders: Findings From the COVID-19 Effects on the Mental and Physical Health of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders Survey Study (COMPASS). J Med Internet Res. 2022 08 09; 24(8):e38443. Park VT, Tsoh JY, Dougan M, Nam B, Tzuang M, Park LG, Vuong QN, Bang J, Meyer OL. PMID: 35658091; PMCID: PMC9364971.
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    5. Charting a Path Towards Asian American Cancer Health Equity: A Way Forward. J Natl Cancer Inst. 2022 06 13; 114(6):792-799. Chen MS, Lee RJ, Madan RA, Ta Park V, Shinagawa SM, Sun T, Gomez SL. PMID: 35437573; PMCID: PMC9194616.
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    6. The Collaborative Approach for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders Research and Education (CARE): A recruitment registry for Alzheimer's disease and related dementias, aging, and caregiver-related research. Alzheimers Dement. 2023 02; 19(2):433-443. Ta Park VM, Meyer OL, Tsoh JY, Kanaya AM, Tzuang M, Nam B, Vuong Q, Bang J, Hinton L, Gallagher-Thompson D, Grill JD. PMID: 35420258; PMCID: PMC9562598.
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    7. Future directions to address sleep health disparity among Asian American immigrants. Sleep. 2022 04 11; 45(4). Song Y, Ta Park VM, Martin JL. PMID: 35089343; PMCID: PMC8996020.
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    8. Social support as a moderator of physical disability and mental health in older Vietnamese immigrants in the U.S.: Results from the Vietnamese aging and care survey (VACS). Geriatr Nurs. 2022 Mar-Apr; 44:151-158. Miyawaki CE, Liu M, Park VT, Tran MT, Markides KS. PMID: 35168118; PMCID: PMC9134842.
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    9. Discrimination Experiences during COVID-19 among a National, Multi-Lingual, Community-Based Sample of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders: COMPASS Findings. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2022 01 14; 19(2). Ta Park VM, Dougan MM, Meyer OL, Nam B, Tzuang M, Park LG, Vuong Q, Bang J, Tsoh JY. PMID: 35055744; PMCID: PMC8776140.
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    10. Use of Korean dramas to facilitate precision mental health understanding and discussion for Asian Americans. Health Promot Int. 2021 Oct 13; 36(5):1425-1438. Ta Park VM, Park CJ, Kim C, Nguyen NCY, Tran AT, Chiang A, Rho SJ, Olaisen RH, Vuong Q, Rosas LG, Cho MK. PMID: 33582752; PMCID: PMC8677450.
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    11. Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders' perspectives on participating in the CARE recruitment research registry for Alzheimer's disease and related dementias, aging, and caregiving research. Alzheimers Dement (N Y). 2021; 7(1):e12195. Ta Park V, Grill JD, Zhu J, Nguyen K, Nam B, Tsoh J, Kanaya A, Vuong Q, Bang J, Nguyen NCY, Cho IH, Gallagher-Thompson D, Hinton L, Meyer OL. PMID: 34295961; PMCID: PMC8288079.
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    12. Vaccine willingness: Findings from the COVID-19 effects on the mental and physical health of Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders survey study (COMPASS). Prev Med Rep. 2021 Sep; 23:101480. Ta Park VM, Dougan M, Meyer OL, Nam B, Tzuang M, Park LG, Vuong Q, Tsoh JY. PMID: 34307000; PMCID: PMC8283315.
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    13. Differences in COVID-19 Vaccine Concerns Among Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders: The COMPASS Survey. J Racial Ethn Health Disparities. 2022 06; 9(3):979-991. Ta Park V, Dougan M, Meyer O, Nam B, Tzuang M, Park L, Vuong Q, Tsoh J. PMID: 33852148; PMCID: PMC8045435.
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    14. Motivation to Participate in Precision Health Research and Acceptability of Texting as a Recruitment and Intervention Strategy Among Vietnamese Americans: Qualitative Study. JMIR Mhealth Uhealth. 2021 03 11; 9(3):e23058. Ta Park V, Kim A, Cho IH, Nam B, Nguyen K, Vuong Q, Periyakoil VS, Hong YA. PMID: 33704080; PMCID: PMC7995081.
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    15. Patients' Use of Social Media for Diabetes Self-Care: Systematic Review. J Med Internet Res. 2020 04 24; 22(4):e14209. Elnaggar A, Ta Park V, Lee SJ, Bender M, Siegmund LA, Park LG. PMID: 32329745; PMCID: PMC7210496.
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    16. Perspectives on Precision Health Among Racial/Ethnic Minority Communities and the Physicians That Serve Them. Ethn Dis. 2020; 30(Suppl 1):137-148. Rosas LG, Nasrallah C, Park VT, Vasquez JJ, Duron Y, Garrick O, Hattin R, Cho M, David SP, Evans J, McClinton-Brown R, Martin C. PMID: 32269455; PMCID: PMC7138446.
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    17. Promising Results from the Use of a Korean Drama to Address Knowledge, Attitudes, and Behaviors on School Bullying and Mental Health among Asian American College-Aged Students. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2020 03 03; 17(5). Ta Park VM, Suen Diwata J, Win N, Ton V, Nam B, Rajabally W, Jones VC. PMID: 32182641; PMCID: PMC7084599.
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    18. Vietnamese American Dementia Caregivers' Perceptions and Experiences of a Culturally Tailored, Evidence-Based Program to Reduce Stress and Depression. J Gerontol Nurs. 2019 Sep 01; 45(9):39-50. Ta Park VM, Ton V, Yeo G, Tiet QQ, Vuong Q, Gallagher-Thompson D. PMID: 31437289.
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    19. Caregiving for Community-Dwelling Older Persons in South Korea: Current Formal and Informal Care Use and Expectation. J Appl Gerontol. 2020 04; 39(4):398-403. Park E, Kim N, Ta Park VM, Rhee Y. PMID: 31378116.
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    20. Promising results from a pilot study to reduce distress in Vietnamese American dementia and memory loss caregivers. Alzheimers Dement (N Y). 2019; 5:319-327. Ta Park VM, Ton V, Tiet QQ, Vuong Q, Yeo G, Gallagher-Thompson D. PMID: 31384663; PMCID: PMC6661409.
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    21. Using Korean Dramas as a Precision Mental Health Education Tool for Asian Americans: A Pilot Study. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2019 06 18; 16(12). Ta Park VM, Olaisen RH, Vuong Q, Rosas LG, Cho MK. PMID: 31216626; PMCID: PMC6617237.
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    22. Chinese American Women's Experiences with Postpartum Depressive Symptoms and Mental Health Help-Seeking Behaviors. MCN Am J Matern Child Nurs. 2019 May/Jun; 44(3):144-149. Ta Park VM, Goyal D, Suen J, Win N, Tsoh JY. PMID: 31033585.
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    23. Depression and Help-Seeking Among Native Hawaiian Women. J Behav Health Serv Res. 2018 07; 45(3):454-468. Ta Park VM, Kaholokula JK, Chao PJ, Antonio M. PMID: 29280087.
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    24. Perspectives and Insights from Vietnamese American Mental Health Professionals on How to Culturally Tailor a Vietnamese Dementia Caregiving Program. Clin Gerontol. 2018 May-Jun; 41(3):184-199. Ta Park V, Nguyen K, Tran Y, Yeo G, Tiet Q, Suen J, Gallagher-Thompson D. PMID: 29419364.
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    25. Postpartum Traditions, Mental Health, and Help-Seeking Considerations Among Vietnamese American Women: a Mixed-Methods Pilot Study. J Behav Health Serv Res. 2017 Jul; 44(3):428-441. Ta Park VM, Goyal D, Nguyen T, Lien H, Rosidi D. PMID: 26276422.
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    26. Postpartum Depression Among Asian Indian Mothers. MCN Am J Matern Child Nurs. 2015 Jul-Aug; 40(4):256-61. Goyal D, Park VT, McNiesh S. PMID: 26121757.
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    27. Disparities in intimate partner violence prenatal counseling: setting a baseline for the implementation of the Guidelines for Women's Preventive Services. Hawaii J Med Public Health. 2014 May; 73(5):137-43. Ta Park VM, Hayes DK, Humphreys J. PMID: 24843836; PMCID: PMC4021730.
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    28. A Qualitative Examination about Providers’ Perceptions and Recommendations Regarding the Role of Public Librarians in Addressing Communities’ Health Literacy. QQML (Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Libraries) Journal. 2014; 3:567-582. Ta Park, V.M., Luo, L., & Rosidi, D.
    29. Text 4 Health: Addressing Consumer Health Information Needs via Text Reference Service. Reference and User Services Quarterly. 2014; 53(4):326-333. Luo, L., & Ta Park, V.M.
    30. Smoking abstinence-related expectancies among American Indians, African Americans, and women: potential mechanisms of tobacco-related disparities. Psychol Addict Behav. 2014 Mar; 28(1):193-205. Hendricks PS, Westmaas JL, Ta Park VM, Thorne CB, Wood SB, Baker MR, Lawler RM, Webb Hooper M, Delucchi KL, Hall SM. PMID: 23528192; PMCID: PMC4103623.
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    31. Preparing Public Librarians for Consumer Health Information Service: A Nation-wide Study. Library and Information Science Research. 2013; 35(4):310-317. Luo, L, & Ta Park, V.M.
    32. An assessment of community capacity to prevent adolescent alcohol consumption. Health Promot Pract. 2012 Sep; 13(5):670-8. Williams RJ, Kittinger DS, Ta VM, Nihoa WK, Payne C, Nigg CR. PMID: 22467663.
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    33. Prevalence, patterns, and correlates of co-occurring substance use and mental disorders in the United States: variations by race/ethnicity. Compr Psychiatry. 2012 Aug; 53(6):657-65. Mericle AA, Ta Park VM, Holck P, Arria AM. PMID: 22152496; PMCID: PMC3327759.
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    34. Patients' reports about medical doctors' inquiries on their mental health: do generational status, ethnicity and mental health/substance use disorders matter? J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2011 Nov; 22(4):1369-86. Ta VM, Holck P, Chen T, Zane N. PMID: 22080716.
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    35. Fire prevention in Delaware: a case study of fire and life safety initiatives. J Public Health Manag Pract. 2011 Nov-Dec; 17(6):492-8. Frattaroli S, Gielen AC, Piver-Renna J, Pollack KM, Ta VM. PMID: 21964358.
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    36. Trends in alcohol use among Hawai'i adolescents. Hawaii Med J. 2010 Jul; 69(7):167-71. Ta VM, Kittinger DS, Pham LA, Williams RJ, Eller LN, Nigg CR. PMID: 20680925; PMCID: PMC3118030.
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    37. Cultural identity and conceptualization of depression among Native Hawaiian women. AAPI Nexus Journal. 2010; 8(2):63-85. Ta, V.M., Chao, P., & Kaholokula, K.
    38. Generational status and family cohesion effects on the receipt of mental health services among Asian Americans: findings from the National Latino and Asian American Study. Am J Public Health. 2010 Jan; 100(1):115-21. Ta VM, Holck P, Gee GC. PMID: 19910344; PMCID: PMC2791260.
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    39. Disparities in self-reported postpartum depression among Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Women in Hawaii: Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS), 2004-2007. Matern Child Health J. 2010 Sep; 14(5):765-773. Hayes DK, Ta VM, Hurwitz EL, Mitchell-Box KM, Fuddy LJ. PMID: 19653084.
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    40. Social connections, immigration-related factors, and self-rated physical and mental health among Asian Americans. Soc Sci Med. 2009 Jun; 68(12):2104-12. Zhang W, Ta VM. PMID: 19427087.
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    41. Racial differences in the association between partner abuse and barriers to prenatal health care among Asian and native Hawaiian/other Pacific Islander women. Matern Child Health J. 2010 May; 14(3):350-9. Ta VM, Hayes D. PMID: 19322646.
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    42. A longitudinal analysis of depressive symptoms among Asian and Pacific Islander mothers at-risk for child maltreatment. Community Ment Health J. 2009 Feb; 45(1):42-55. Ta VM, Juon HS, Gielen AC, Steinwachs D, McFarlane E, Duggan A. PMID: 19101797.
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    43. Substance abuse among native Hawaiian women in the United States: a review of current literature and recommendations for future research. J Psychoactive Drugs. 2008 Nov; Suppl 5:411-22. Ta VM, Chen T. PMID: 19248398.
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    44. The implementation and utility of fire incident reporting systems: the Delaware experience. J Community Health. 2008 Apr; 33(2):103-9. Bergen G, Frattaroli S, Ballesteros MF, Ta VM, Beach C, Gielen AC. PMID: 18074209.
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    45. Disparities in use of mental health and substance abuse services by Asian and Native Hawaiian/other Pacific Islander women. J Behav Health Serv Res. 2008 Jan; 35(1):20-36. Ta VM, Juon HS, Gielen AC, Steinwachs D, Duggan A. PMID: 17647106; PMCID: PMC2268612.
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    46. Evaluated community fire safety interventions in the United States: a review of current literature. J Community Health. 2006 Jun; 31(3):176-97. Ta VM, Frattaroli S, Bergen G, Gielen AC. PMID: 16830506.
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